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This magical piece integrates live performance and projected animation. As artist Miwa Matreyek moves behind the screen, her shadow becomes the protagonist in a fantastical world of her own creation.

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Join us for an exploration of new frontiers in film—where cinematic artworks range beyond the screen to encompass unique combinations of animation, objects, and live performance.

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You've probably heard about the Texas-sized island of plastic trash swirling in the center of the Pacific Ocean. But did you know we have our own pockets of floating trash right here in San Francisco Bay? Join us on a trash safari with Sealife Convervation—a research and education group studying the volume, distribution, and sources of trash in the San Francisco and Monterey Bays.

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Just outside the hum and buzz of San Francisco, there's a hum and buzz of a different sort. It's the sound of thousands of acres of almond crops being pollinated by bees—bees in such demand that they must be trucked in from as far as Texas. Almond grower Dave Phippen explains why. keeping this winged labor force happy and healthy is a vital but tricky business.

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Scott Weaver has spent the last 35 years painstakingly constructing a replica of the city of San Francisco made of toothpicks! Not only that, but it is also a marble run, allowing ping-pong balls to take various tours through the city. His artwork will be on display in the Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium until June 19th.

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On April 7, 2011 we turned the Exploratorium into a skatepark. Watch as DLX riders, Dennis Busenitz, Elissa Steamer, Major Jones, Frank Gerwer, and Peter Ramondetta demo the ramps inside the museum.

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Thao Nguyen is a prolific San Francisco-based musician and songwriter who has recorded four albums already in her young career. In this candid reflection on her songwriting practice, she describes her process of shaping her emotional struggles and introspection into words, music, and then into exuberant performance. At the core of her practice is a drive to mine her personal experiences to provide empathy and camaraderie for others going through life’s darker moments.

Open Make is a monthly program at the Exploratorium, in collaboration with Make Magazine and Pixar Animation Studios, to highlight the tools, techniques, and ingenuity of local makers. As part of this program, makers from the Bay Area will be highlighted to share their work with the public, and Dale Dougherty, founder and editor of Make Magazine will interview Featured Makers in the McBean theater. Join us for live webcasts of the interviews to see what these makers are up to!

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Come out to play on the concrete slides at Seward Street Mini Park in the Castro. A series of speed tests guided by physicist Paul Doherty takes on the question asked by sliders everywhere: How can I go faster?

No one puts the laws of physics to the test quite like the urban skateboarder. Join us for a closer look at the science behind the tricks of the sidewalk-shredding trade, from the basic ollie to high-flying aerial maneuvers.